Panama Fire Company was established in 1931 and recently became a fire district. Panama responds to, on average, 213 calls per year - which is for rescue calls, car accidents, fires (buildings and brush), and numerous mutual-aid calls. In 1985, Panama Fire Co. assisted its residents with the tornado that hit their town. Then the following year, 1986, Panama had to deal with the flood that washed through the village. In 1989, the largest fire broke out at Fairbanks Farms that this department has had to handle. Numerous man hours were invested into these very large calls of help from their community. Many man hours also used to be invested in door-to-door fund drive, but know they utilize the fund drive through mailings. The Panama Fire Company would like to express a great thank you to all of those that have supported them.
The fire district covers 49 square miles and a population of 3,400 residents. There are six EMTs included in the department.
Ralph Asel II, fire police captain
Ralph Asel III, board of directors, lieutenant
Engine-381 KME GPM 1500 1994
Engine 382 Mack GPM 1000 2002
Engine-383 MACK GPM 1500 2001
Engine-384 AUTOCAR GPM 1250 1991
Misc.-381 DODGE 1991
Ambulance-382 FORD 2002
1991 Misc 381 Grass and Brush Fire Response Unit
Rich Digirolamo, second assistant chief
Kelvin Eddy, junior firefighter
Tiffany Ferguson, vice president
Mary Lou Garfield, treasurer
Mark Hadley, board of directors
Jeff Hosier, seargeant at arms
Devin Ireland, junior firefighter
Greg Ireland, lieutenant
Jerry Ireland, board of directors
Phil Johnson, first assistant chief
Naomi Kenny, junior firefighter
Tom Newton, third assistant chief
Art Osborne, board of directors
Randy Pike Jr.
Bill Schneider, board of directors, safety officer
Kati Sheldon, junior firefighter
Kendrya Sheldon, president, EMT captain
Vern Sheldon Jr., chief
Vern Sheldon Sr.
Mike Stahl, board of directors, training officer
Nick Troup, secretary